AT: There’s a lot of internal debate happening in various GOP campaigns for federal office regarding the man who won’t be on the ballot in November, but who will definitely be on voter’s minds.
Should candidates run with or run away from Trump? For many candidates, it’s a no brainer. They have embraced Trump during their primary campaigns and would welcome an endorsement or a campaign appearance from the president.
But for many incumbents – especially those running in states or congressional districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 – the question is more complicated. They can’t really disavow the president or their natural base of Republican voters will rebel. But if they appear to be too close to Trump, many independents who oppose the president will be less inclined to vote for them.
Speaker Paul Ryan says that Trump will be an “asset.”